The 'retained EU law bill' was introduced to select EU law that should be kept, and which should be adapted, after EU law expired following Brexit. For employment law purposes the ‘retained EU law bill’ has been used (and will be used) to update a variety of rights. 

The bill is formally known as the Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Act 2023 and is often cited as REUL. REUL was brought in as part of the Brexit process. In employment law, REUL has provided changes to the likes of Working Time Regulations, TUPE consultation arrangements and certain retained equality laws.   

In addition to this page on REUL, we provide real-time information on legislative changes in the CIPD's UK employment law timetable

Essential points

  • The UK voted to leave the European Union in 2016 and completed the Brexit process on 31 December 2020. The UK Government gained powers to change, or override, existing EU law.     
  • The principle that EU law has supremacy over UK law ended on 31 December 2023.  
  • Some UK employment law changed immediately. Other issues are being tested in the courts.  

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